Monday, May 25, 2015

{My Parties} Caillou Party and Giveaway with Birthday Express

I'm just a kid who's four....each day I grow some more...
I'm Caillou!

I recently styled this Caillou party for my friends at Birthday Express. 
Caillou is a great theme for little ones, but particularly for 1st birthdays. The primary colors and sweet theme really lend well to baby's first party. 

I started my design by incorporating baby blocks as my cake stand. You can buy these at craft stores in raw wood and then paint them any color you choose. The cake on top is a grocery store cake that I customized by adding rainbow sprinkles. I bought these wooden stars at the craft store and painted them and added them to wooden dowels for a cute, and inexpensive cake topper. 

Since the design of the Caillou party supples incorporates a lot of stars, I picked up this flannel baby fabric with primary color stars and added it to the top of my table for extra interest. Three yard of fabric covers the top of a 6ft table, and you can use it again for another project after the party is over. 
My friends at Piggy Bank Parties made me these adorable paper star banners for the front of the table and the "I AM ONE" balloon banner for the backdrop. Each balloon has a 3D quality and even has real strings!
For the other desserts, I did some simple white cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles and some adorable Caillou Cookies. I displayed them both on these chipboard star boxes that I painted red. 
These Caillou Party supplies from Birthday Express are so fun and sweet. I love this giant Caillou standup. When I was putting it together, my little guy was so excited to have a giant Caillou! 





 Send your guests home with a really cute cupcake favor box! I added some Caillou stickers on these to bring them into the theme. 


 For the little ones, this favor box is filled with super cute Caillou items!


 Vendors:

Party Supplies: Birthday Express
Paper Balloon and Star Banners: Piggy Bank Parties
Cookies: Momster Cookies
All Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs

 And now, you CAN WIN a Caillou Party Pack from Caillou and Birthday Express!  Caillou and Birthday Express have donated a HUGE package of fun stuff for one lucky entrant to win! 
It's so easy to enter! Just follow the instructions below!
Good luck!!

 What's Included: 


  • A Caillou Prize Package directly from Caillou, including everything pictured above
  • Birthday Express Party Pack for 8 Guests
  • Two Star Banners from Piggy Bank Parties
  • 1 "I AM ONE" Balloon Banner from Piggy Bank Parties


Friday, May 22, 2015

Pier One Summer Patio Makeover

This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports. 



Our patio was in desperate need of a makeover this spring!
We spend a lot of time out there in the spring and summer watching the kids play in the backyard. 
I have wanted to make it over for a while now, so I was very excited to team up with Pier 1 Imports to give my patio a much-needed upgrade!
We have a beautiful wisteria vine out there, and a patio table and chairs, but there was not much going on besides that!



So, let me tell you how I used these awesome Pier 1 Imports products to make my patio into a super inviting place to be this summer!
I am a longtime fan of Pier 1 Imports!
 They have such bright, colorful products, and I LOVE color! 

 For a long time, I have been wanting to have a seating area where I could put my feet up and watch the kids while they were out in the yard, or watch my husband grill us dinner. 
One of my favorite colors is turquoise and I decorate my home with it a lot. I used a Mediterranean Blue color palette with all shades of blue and some lime green thrown in too. When I found these gorgeous turquoise Casbah chairs, I knew I had to have them! I love the fact that I can make the perfect seating arrangement with them. Doesn't this area look cozy?  Not only do they look great out here, but they look great from the inside too! Paired with these great Aria cushions and Abella Stripe pillows, they are a bright pop of color! 
I added this super soft Alona rug in Maui for a nice area to kick off your shoes and relax. 
The ottoman is the perfect place to put your feet up, or to sit a nice tray of drinks and a snack. 
I have already been sitting out here frequently and enjoying my beautiful new seating area!
 
How beautiful is the top of this mosaic table? It's the perfect piece to tie the color palette together. 
I added these lanterns in two different tones on the top of the table, which will look great at night!

 My husband added some gorgeous flowers to our hanging baskets and we hung these sea glass string lights for some added lighting at night. And, they are the perfect Mediterranean Blue color scheme! The string lights not only define the space but they also bring the eye up to the top of the trellis. 

 To bring the color scheme in even further, we painted these small trellises to match the Casbah chairs and I love the way they look!

To set our table for summer I added these gorgeous place settings using the Trellis melamine pattern in two different colors, royal blue and green. 
 
Instead of using the Clarity acrylic stemless goblet for a glass, I used it for a place card holder!
I simply used a paper doily and a patterned clothespin from the craft store to make a super cute place card holder for guests! What's easier than that? You could also fill the glass with some candy or glass beads to make it even cuter! But if you leave them empty, your guests can still use them as a wine glass. 










I'm so excited about how bright and inviting my patio looks now, thanks to Pier 1 Imports!
It's the perfect place to entertain this summer! In a couple of weeks I will be sharing exactly how I throw a party in my new space, so check back soon!



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